Round 10 – Collingwood v Port Adelaide: A happy weekend as young guns shine

Crunch games come each year and none were bigger than the Boyne Island-Tannum Sands Saints face-off at Boyne Island Oval against Rockhampton Panthers. The Saints were winless and the Panthers with just one victory.


I had a great feeling about this game as my daughter Zahra, 9, and I headed off to the ‘Island’ some 25km south of Gladstone in Central Queensland.


“More confident about today’s game than tomorrow’s Collingwood and Power game at the ‘G’,” I said to myself.


The BITS young guns stood tall and, as team manager, I proudly stood on the sidelines, laptop in hand as I did the live scoring on the Game Day site.


“This Harry Tancredi kid…he’s like Zak Butters, so clean for one so young,” I said toward the Saints’ bench.


Not that they cared. The win was the main thing and the Saints marched on to victory by eight goals. The club song was sung with gusto!


There was Gatorade aplenty spilled over young guns Tancredi, ruck lion heart Max Green, Dylan Longmuir, Jackson Cooper and Dylan Baartz. Who knows, these fellas may make it to a place where Collingwood and my Port Adelaide Power were to meet.


At the MCG one day!


Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy produced a rucking masterclass but Robbie Gray’s three goals proved pivotal in the crunch as his Port Adelaide Power side ground out a come-from-behind win by one point at the MCG on a mild and sunny Sunday.


A plucky Collingwood led at the first three breaks but not at the final siren as the Power won 8.11 (59) to 8.10 (58). Sam Powell-Pepper and Ollie Wines booted goals firstly from a John Noble turnover and then Charlie Dixon read a throw-in better than Grundy to dish it off to Wines to make it 13 points but there was another twist in the tale.


The Magpies’ composed young gun Caleb Poulter cut off a hacked Darcy Byrne-Jones kick and his goal made it just one point and the Power held on grimly.


The visitors were pathetic in the first quarter and were not anywhere near the intensity that a charged-up Collingwood Magpies were. Grundy made the most of a Scott Lycett-less Power to boot two goals in the first quarter and although his opponent Peter Ladhams lifted big time in the final three quarters, he and his ‘Pies held sway.


Gray booted two goals in the second quarter to keep his side in it and was the only Power goal scorer at half-time. His check-side second goal was a thing of beauty and of course – Gray was given a rest because ‘that’s what the sports science computers tell you to’ according to commentator Brian Taylor.


Collingwood were perhaps unlucky not to kick the final two goals of the term via youngster Beau McCreery and veteran Jack Crisp. Port’s evergreen veteran Travis Boak was magnificent with 28 disposals and Wines lifted after an indifferent first quarter.


Trent McKenzie, in his first game for the Power this season, was important in defence while Lachie Jones, also in his return from injury, showed good touch out of the backlines. Jordan Roughead kept Dixon at bay for the large part while Taylor Adams, in his month-ahead comeback from a knee injury, was brilliant for Collingwood.


Port are at Adelaide Oval to face an unpredictable Fremantle Dockers in a twilight fixture on Sunday while the Magpies have a tough game against Geelong Cats.



COLLINGWOOD    3.1       4.6       6.9     8.10 (58)
PORT ADELAIDE       0.1       2.3       4.8       8.11 (59)



Collingwood: McCreery 3, Grundy 2, Cameron, Daicos, Poulter

Port Adelaide: Gray 3, Dixon, Marshall, Houston, Powell-Pepper, Wines



Collingwood: Adams, Grundy, Quaynor, Moore, Roughead, Crisp

Port Adelaide: Gray, Boak, Powell-Pepper, Wines, Burton, Farrell



Collingwood: Nil

Port Adelaide: Nil



Collingwood: Murphy (unused)

Port Adelaide: Bergman (unused)


Crowd: 23,415 at MCG



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About Nicholas Kossatch

Tall and intelligent and athletically built who calls a spade a spade. Love sports writing and sending letters and texts to the editor about AFL and the Port Adelaide Power - win, lose or draw. I do not sit on the fence. Soon to be 40! I play basketball and over 35's supers football. Have played amateur footy and a bit of cricket and basketball when living in Adelaide. Do some writing for the Murray Pioneer,

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